So the Supreme Court is hearing a case about whether or not white firefighters were discriminated against when their firefighter tests were thrown out because the majority of blacks didn’t do well on the test. New Haven, CT decided that in the interest of diversity, it was a good idea, I beg to differ.
As a black man I understand what the fights for equality was for. I understand or so I thought I understood what the purpose and intent of Affirmative Action was. However, if the decision goes against these white firefighters than I think it’s a great disservice to black people in general.
The purpose of Affirmative Action to me and all the struggles made for equal rights were to ensure that qualified blacks had opportunities to compete in arenas that were willfully denied to them because of the color of their skin. As a black man I would fight the good fight to ensure my children have the same opportunities as any other child in America, however I would not want them or myself to only be given that opportunity because of our skin color.
If you are qualified and denied access because of your skin color that is a problem. But if you are given access because of your skin color regardless of qualification, then that too is a problem and any who would accept that really spit in the face of pride of oneself and the efforts of our forefathers. I can in no way ever feel that it’s acceptable to be given something others who are more qualified than me don’t have because of my skin color. What would that say about me? What type of value does that place on me? I would rather be given an opportunity because I’m qualified rather than to make a quota.
Therefore, it is not the fault of these white firefighters that the minorities who took the same test didn’t qualify. If the department becomes less diversified because of it then so be it. Ensuring diversification should only be defined within the confines of accessibility. These jobs and positions should definitely be available for all who qualify. The black firefighters according to the reports did not. If I were the black firefighters I would stand by these white firefighters, it’s not their fault they scored higher.